Dealer of the Year

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine’s Dealer of the Year award recognizes the foodservice community’s best companies with this prestigious annual commendation.

Browse the articles below or click here for a list of past winners.

2016 Dealer of the Year: Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, San Antonio, Texas

Through a mix of shared traditions, in-depth training and strategic foresight, Ace Mart has managed to cultivate a careful balance between old and new without forsaking either.

A Legacy of Relationship Building

Norman “Gus” Gustafson was well known for caring about people. He treated customers as he wished to be treated, and he extended that same courtesy to employees and business partners. He wasn’t afraid of hard work, and he was wary of a man in a tie.

2015 Dealer of the Year: Clark Associates, Inc.

During the past seven years, companies from all segments of the foodservice industry have slugged it out with one another trying to keep from losing market share during a sluggish economic period. In contrast, one company from a small town in Central Pennsylvania continues to grow at an accelerated rate. In fact, during the past four years, Clark Associates, Inc. has almost tripled its annual revenues.

Catching Up with Clark Associates' CEO Fred Clark

Clark Associates may operate three distinct distribution channels, but they are all influenced by the vision of CEO Fred Clark. FE&S sat down with Clark to learn more about what makes this dynamic company and its leader tick.

2014 Dealer of the Year: Wasserstrom

Leveraging its core values of integrity, accountability and consistency keeps Columbus, Ohio-based Wasserstrom flexible enough to adapt to the ever-changing foodservice industry landscape while remaining true to the company’s 112-year history.

Wasserstrom: Enterprise-wide Leadership

With 1,500-plus employees working in 20 locations, Wasserstrom is a large and diverse organization that continues to maintain a small company feel. Wasserstrom does this by balancing the strengths of its past with an understanding that the company needs to remain flexible in order to adapt to changing market conditions.

2013 Dealer of the Year: Singer Equipment Company

Each year companies from all industries spend endless amounts of time and money searching for the perfect business model and brand experience. While necessary in some cases, many businesses often fail to take the simple steps of listening to their customers and building a business model that uses a shared vocabulary to leverage the strengths of their employees. But that’s exactly what FE&S’ 2013 Dealer of the Year Singer Equipment Company has done.

2012 Dealer of the Year: Mission Restaurant Supply

FE&S’ 2012 Dealer of the Year combines a family-like atmosphere, a sales-oriented foundation and an array of ever-evolving revenue streams to create a foundation for success that appears poised to withstand the tests of time.

2011 Dealer of the Year: R.W. Smith & Co., San Diego

An open corporate culture and unwavering dedication to training continue to drive this employee-owned dealership's success.

FE&S 2010 Dealer of the Year: C&T Design and Equipment Company Indianapolis: Reputation by Design

Driving each transaction down to a personal detail allows C&T Design to keep earning the respect of customers one at a time.

2010 Dealer of the Year: C&T Design and Equipment Company, Indianapolis

Driving each transaction down to a personal detail allows C&T Design to keep earning the respect of customers one at a time.

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